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The Charge Of The Light Brigade
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Memorializing Events in the Battle of Balaclava, October 25, 1854
Written April 10, 1864

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
`Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!` he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

`Forward, the Light Brigade!`
Was there a man dismay`d ?
Not tho` the soldier knew
Some one had blunder`d:
Their`s not to make reply,
Their`s not to reason why,
Their`s but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley`d and thunder`d;
Storm`d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash`d all their sabres bare,
Flash`d as they turn`d in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder`d:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro` the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel`d from the sabre-stroke
Shatter`d and sunder`d.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley`d and thunder`d;
Storm`d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro` the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder`d.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!
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